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from the Tennessean,
Poile said the trade of Vokoun, who was scheduled to make an average of $5.7 million over the next four years, should mean the Predators are where they need to be financially.
The team is expected to be near the basement of the salary cap in the coming season, which is likely to mean somewhere in the $32 million to $34 million range.
“The decision to trade Tomas was a big decision from a team standpoint and it was a big move financially,’’ Poile said. “It’s put us in a position where we want to be.
“So any other trades going forward, if we want to make any more trades, will in all likelihood be for players as opposed to draft picks.’‘
more on the Preds…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
San Jose GM Doug Wilson said he’s not trying to trade C Patrick Marleau, but admits he’s had conversations. “If teams are going to call, it’s my job to listen,” said Wilson. “I would think that’s a compliment to us that people would want our players. But I’m not trying to trade Marleau.” ... The Wild and Thrashers have shown mild interest in C Alexei Yashin, who was bought out of his contract a couple of weeks ago by the Islanders.
more player movement talk…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The promotion of Boston owner Jeremy Jacobs, the most hawkish and virulent anti-union voice leading up to and throughout the NHL lockout, to chairman of the Board of Governors, should tell the players all they need to know about their so-called partnership with the league as they prepare to meet in Toronto this week to plot their course.
read on for cap talk and other NHL/NHLPA bits…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
“Why can’t he just do things like everyone else?” one top team official said Saturday.
If Bettman is successful in driving Balsillie from the process, it’s possible the Predators could exist in limbo indefinitely, losing money and playing to smaller and smaller crowds. Hardly an ideal situation for Leipold, one of Bettman’s staunchest supporters, and hardly an ideal situation for owners who stand to see their own franchises devalued by the possibility of having the Predators twist in the wind well into this season.
“This is just a horrible situation for the league,” the source said.
Since Balsillie began his quest for the Predators, he has yet to meet with any other owners. The source added there was a meeting set with the board of governors’ executive committee for last Tuesday, when some of these issues might have at least been discussed, if not resolved, but it was canceled at Bettman’s behest because two members couldn’t attend. Meanwhile, a league source insisted there was no executive meeting planned.
So, we ask again, isn’t it about time the league’s owners insist that they hear from the would-be owner themselves? Isn’t it?
frojm Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,
GM Doug Risebrough tried to trade restricted free agent to be’s Kurtis Foster and Adam Hall this weekend. He got little interest. Without using their names, Risebrough hinted that he has to decide by Tuesday’s deadline whether he will qualify all his restricred free agents. Now, let’s do the math here. He’s not dumping assets like Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nick Schultz. He’s not getting rid of Derek Boogaard or Josh Harding.
So when I told him that left Foster and Hall, he confirmed it with your typical GM-like uncomfirmed confirmation: “That’d be astute.”
much more on the Wild…
from the CP via TSN,
Kevin Lowe left the NHL entry draft without the blockbuster deal he was searching for, but the Edmonton Oilers GM isn’t done trying.
“We worked on a bunch of deals, some are possible, others are pending. So we’ll see what happens,” Lowe said Saturday as the draft wrapped up.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
It still isn’t known if the Avalanche plans to keep goalie Jose Theodore for another season or to buy out the final year of his contract.
General manager Francois Giguere has previously suggested that it might make sense to keep Theodore for the 2007-08 season, but he chose not to divulge his intentions on Saturday following the completion of the 2007 NHL entry draft.
“The reason I don’t want to say anything at this point (is) I haven’t talked to the player,” Giguere said in a conference call with reporters from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. “That doesn’t mean that my decision is made or not made, but I don’t want to publicly state anything on Theodore until I’ve had a chance to talk to the player myself.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The NHL Draft typically serves as a cauldron of rumor and speculation, and word swept the draft floor Saturday that the Canes were part of a three-way deal that would send Erik Cole to Edmonton and bring Joni Pitkanen to Carolina from Philadelphia.
Except that Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe said he’d never been offered Cole — but joked that he’d pick up the phone if Cole was available — and Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Cole wasn’t being shopped: “Wasn’t, hasn’t been, no.”
from the AP via the Hockey News,
Without ruling out the possibility of re-signing with Buffalo, Briere’s agent, Pat Brisson, said Saturday the chances are increasing that his client will test the market once NHL free agency opens July 1.
“It’s different now,” Brisson said, noting this is Briere’s first opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent. “We’ll see. It’s getting closer and closer.”
Brisson, however, noted he’s still open to getting a deal done with Buffalo.
“We haven’t ruled out anything,” he said. “We’re continuing to talk. We’re very open-minded.”
from the Palm Beach Post,
Tomas Vokoun said today his mission in Florida is to take the Panthers to a place Roberto Luongo could not in his five seasons there: the playoffs.
Acquired Friday in the biggest trade consummated at the two-day NHL entry draft that concluded today, Vokoun was reached on vacation with his family in Turkey, where he had learned he’d been traded by Nashville to Florida when a Predators teammate text-messaged him the news on his cell phone.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Vokoun said, “so I think it would have shocked anyone.”
But, he quickly added, “If I knew I was getting traded, Florida would have been one of my top choices.”
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